May 24, 2024

Roundup: IIIT Delhi’s health informatics data leaked and more briefs

Sensitive emails, research data leaked from IIIT Delhi 

Cybersecurity platform CloudSEK reported that it spotted a data leak from the Portal for Health Informatics, the web portal for bioinformatics, health informatics, and genomics of the state university, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in New Delhi. 

In a statement, the organisation said that its contextual AI-based digital risk platform XVigil discovered that an active threat actor named “UsNsA” shared on a cybercrime forum 82 databases from PHI-IIIT Delhi for forum credits. 

The leaked files, which are approximately 1.8 gigabytes in total size, include emails and internal healthcare and vaccine development-related documents. Most of the files, however, are already accessible to the public via the portal’s website.

According to CloudSEK, the exposed information could be used to gain initial access to IIIT Delhi’s data infrastructure. It could also be used for launching sophisticated ransomware attacks and exfiltrate more data. 

India’s National Health Authority launches ABDM ‘microsites’

The National Health Authority is launching microsites under the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) to promote digital health adoption among small healthcare providers across states and union territories.

In a press statement, the agency said each microsite will be a cluster of small and medium-scale clinics, nursing homes, hospitals, labs, pharmacies, and other healthcare facilities that are ABDM-enabled. 

Targeting to launch 100 microsites, NHA said its aim is to create a “small ecosystem within a particular geographic area where there is complete ABDM adoption and [where] the entire patient journey is digitised.”

IIIT Hyderabad leveraging VR for medical education

The International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad has put up a virtual reality facility at the Osmania Medical College to assist in medical education instruction. 

According to a press release, the technology is now being used to teach neuroanatomy. 

“Anatomy education is apt for the application of VR. This project makes a small beginning with neuroanatomy wherein the parts and structures inside the brain [are] explained with the help of 3D imagery, interactive manipulations, etc. We expect this small beginning to have a big impact in the future into teaching anatomy in the future, in collaboration with [OMC],” explained P J Narayanan, professor and director of IIIT-H.

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